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Rounding out Centenary ' s athletic pro- gram are the minor sports of boxing, base- ball, and tennis, which — although lacking the emphasis placed on their big brother football — make a definite and noteworthy contribution to the sports life of the college. Participants in these fields work hard and well, with the result that an increasing amount of interest is built up each year in the fans and in the boys themselves. OTHER S PORTS
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The Freshman T earn Coach Elmer Smith, Coach of the Freshman Basketeers While the varsity basketeers were struggling to keep their heads above the water the Junior Gents were winning a reputation as one of Centenary ' s all time outstanding Frosh fives. Coached by Elmer Smith and paced by five Red River Parish boys, A. R. Jowers, Ed Murphy, and Alex Penny, former members of Coushatta High School state championship five, and John Allums and Melbourne Crawford, of East Point, the Juniors were victorious in games with college freshmen and high school fives. Jowers, sensational forward, was the sparkplug of the team. His tricky floor work and uncanny ability to hit the basket from all angles of the floor marks him as one of Centenary ' s greatest prospective players. Next year when he becomes eligible for the varsity, Jowers will be a marked man and indications are that he will make good his Sophomore year. The highlight of the season came when the Junior Gents defeated the Louisiana Tech Bullpups in both games of a two game series winning first in Shrevepor t by a score of 40 to 18, and again in Ruston, 39 to 26. Delwin Heft, Tyler Pirtle, and John Carter were Frosh players who saw plenty of service, and who helped make Coach Smith ' s 1939 Freshman team such an outstanding one. Jowers, Penny, Pirtle, Mur- phy, Crawford, Carter, Al- lums.
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Faced with the pr oblem of building a box- ing team around a nucleus of only three lettermen; namely, Johnny Tumminello, Jack Linsky, and F. M. May, Coach Tom Cobb called boxing team candidates out early in December to begin conditioning for the first matches in early January. Newcomers to the team in the persons of Richard Bond, Sammy Ragland, and Harry Blake impressed the Coach from the beginning and they were soon firmly en- trenched in three of the vacant spots on the team, with Ragland weighing in at 145, Bond at 135, and Blake at 118. As the season opened with a match against Lou- isiana Tech in Ruston, Coach Cobb was still seeking boys to fight at the two top weights. Robert Rhodes, freshman foot- ball tackle, who had performed with bril- liance on the gridiron for the Junior Gents, became the answer to his search in the 175 pound division and John Kowalczuk, fresh- man end, became a member of the team to fulfill the chores of the heavyweight. During the regular boxing season the Ma- roon and White leather-pushers met their traditional rivals — the Louisiana Tech Bull- dogs — five times. With the count tied at two matches each, the Gents and Bulldogs met in Monroe to decide the fistic suprem- acy. The results of a card that was crowded with close decisions showed Lou- isiana Tech five and one-half — the Gentle- men two and one-half. Bond and Linsky were the only winners for the Gents, and Ragland, who had defeated Louisiana Tech opponents in four fights and his op- ponent of the night twice, became the vic- tim of the judges ' decision, who called his bout a draw, although he seemed to land the harder punches and with the most frequency. Coach Cobb gives boxei Sammy Ragland last minute instiuctions be ore sending him out The Gents came out even in two exhibition matches with Southwestern of Lafayette, split a two match series with Loyola of New Orleans, Sugar Bowl co-champions, and won the only match they fought with the Murray Aggies, Golden Glove champions of Oklahoma. N THE RING
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